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Opinion: Climate fanaticism is becoming a noose for the European agricultural sector

By Ricardo Chamorro*

(Opinion) The likely reordering of Europe’s energy and food dependence is a reality we seem hopelessly propelled into.

Two major geopolitical events seem to be accelerating this reordering: the war in Ukraine and the European Green Pact, resulting from Agenda 2030 and globalist climate rescue agreements.

The free trade agreements and the de facto abolition of Community preference and tariffs, without increasing the prosperity of the nations concerned, have led, among other things, to massive income losses for national farmers, even greater industrialization of European agriculture, and an enormous influx of products from third countries.

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The Farm to Fork strategy is the implementation of the European Green Pact in EU agriculture, which is supported in Brussels by the European People’s Party, the Liberals, and the Social Democrats.

Climate fanaticism is becoming a noose for the European agricultural sector. (Photo internet reproduction)
Climate fanaticism is becoming a noose for the European agricultural sector. (Photo internet reproduction)

Climate change and sustainable development are the perfect pretexts to push the relocation of conventional production outside Europe.

This accelerates impoverishment due to a lack of profitability and dismantling of the European agricultural sector through cross-compliance, criminalization, and green bureaucracy.

All this is under the pretext of sustainability and ecology.

Reducing CO2 emissions and the ban on antibiotics will be used as a pretext to destroy an essential part of the European livestock industry; reducing nitrogen emissions with the ban on pesticides wants to end intensive agriculture.

Does anyone still remember the glorious promises of growth and healthy development that preceded the euro and other moments of renunciation of national sovereignty, such as deindustrialization?

And where are the millions of jobs we were promised? The promises of climate commitments, global free trade, and sustainability are essentially the same.

Jorge Buxade, VOX‘s deputy secretary for political action and head of the party’s delegation in Brussels, informed us via a thread on social media about the drift of climate fanaticism in the context of a European Parliament resolution on the consequences of drought, fires, and other extreme weather phenomena: stepping up the Union’s work to combat climate change.

VOX was the only company to vote against the conclusions of this resolution, which is deadly for agriculture.

Buxadé’s communication confirms that instead of course correction, the Commission should present an ambitious and legally binding European framework for adaptation to climate change (which will finally wipe out agriculture and livestock in Europe).

It places agriculture under general suspicion regarding water management and calls for “prioritizing ecosystem restoration and agroecology” instead of demanding support for farmers and ranchers without exception.

Of course, they criminalize agricultural activity even though our intensive agriculture, a model of success, is being sacrificed on the altar of the UN SDGs.

They insist on implementing “agricultural strategies” that destroy the countryside—a total contribution to the 2030 Agenda.

The government picks up all the old obsessions of our prehistoric left.

It adds new cultural strands of social revolution, except for not proposing agrarian reform in favor of the social and economic marginality of the primary sector.

In the death of the Spanish rural population, the spoils did not divide the ideological, political, and cultural left and a large part of the economic right but brought them closer together.

The negotiations on CAP agricultural policy in Brussels, on the 2030 climate agenda, and international trade in the WTO are clear examples of the opinion that the center and the left share and impose.

The “European agricultural reform” with the pretext of climate change (…) liquidates our agriculture and poses risks to other sectors of the economy.

Both consider it a dogma that there should be a single world market for agricultural products, that this market should be free of national protection mechanisms and that prices should be set freely by market forces.

Third World rhetoric, climate fanaticism, and the interests of large multinational corporations in this sector go hand in hand.

There will be an international division of labor in which Spain, in particular, and Europe, in general, will have to give up their primary sector.

Will it be better for other sectors?

It is not certain: will it be better for consumers? It is more than doubtful.

The militant leftists and dogmatic liberals believe that this will always and, in any case, be the case.

However, this “European agricultural reform” with the pretext of climate change is not only liquidating our agriculture but also poses risks to other sectors of the economy, speculative profits for a few, dangers for all citizens, and only crumbs for the (poorer) countries.

At the end of the process we are going through, with the war in Ukraine in the middle, Spain, if it develops as predicted by the economic gurus and the technical reports themselves, will have lost the ability to produce its food.

It will also be unable to control what it eats under the pretext of climate change.

Most of the land will no longer be farmed and will soon lose most of its active population and almost all of its market value.

Why engage in the rural world when rural land no longer has a use or a price?

However, the leftist and progressive model is fraught with several paradoxes.

First, close to home: As the big land managers-farmers and ranchers disappear, the ecological risks become apparent in light of this summer’s fires.

Another painful realization is that producing food outside our control, under conditions of pure industrial competition and with all sorts of lucrative experiments, also poses more significant health risks.

Not to mention the danger of desertification in the Mediterranean areas, the loss of control over the land, and the less obvious but equally real risk of losing community identity.

Because for better or worse, since we came out of the caves, we are a nation of farmers capable of feeding ourselves.

The demonstrations of the agricultural sector, as in the Netherlands, and the words of the politicians of the sovereign European right, who celebrate electoral successes in Europe, are the only response to a discourse in which environmentalist demagogy and globalist speculative economism go hand in hand.

A return to national sovereignty and patriotism, a genuine commitment to the peoples of Europe, and our food sovereignty is the only way out of the ruin to which the usual politicians and Brussels bureaucrats are leading us.

The way of Hungary, Poland, Sweden, or Italy is the only way for patriots to save Europe.

* Spanish lawyer. VOX National Deputy for Ciudad Real. A spokesman for the Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food in Spain

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